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Republicans: Lack of Insurance Revokes Sanctity of Life

In the case of fetuses and rich people, Republicans insist on the sanctity of life. But in the case of riffraff unable to afford health insurance, the GOP says there’s nothing sacred about their stinking lives.

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The rebate checks went into the mail just one week after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported – again – that ObamaCare will lower the nation’s budget deficit. That’s lower, as in reduce, diminish, decrease the deficit. In fact, the CBO reported that if Republicans had succeeded in getting the law repealed, that would have increased the deficit by $109 billion over nine years. Republicans want to give Americans higher deficits in exchange for the “freedom” to be uninsured.
That’s right. Republicans have voted 33 times to enlarge the deficit and take from Americans ObamaCare benefits they love – like coverage for young adults under their parents’ plans until age 26; payments to senior citizens to close the Medicare prescription donut hole; and prohibitions against insurers denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and against dropping policyholders when they get sick.

As Americans realize benefits from ObamaCare, the law increases in popularity. Despite the GOP’s massive two-year campaign to kill it, support for ObamaCare has grown steadily, so that now, nearly half the nation backs it.  

Still, Americans don’t yet love ObamaCare the way citizens of Great Britain adore their National Health Service (NHS). In Great Britain, the half-century-old NHS is so treasured that it received a tribute in the opening ceremony to the Olympics in London. The NHS, like health care in other Western European countries, covers everyone.

That’s exactly what Republicans don’t want – a system that insures all Americans. Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, put it this way when asked how to extend coverage to the nation’s uninsured:

“Let me tell you what we’re not going to do. We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system.”

Nope. He’d rather let Americans die. Sanctity-Schmanctity.

Leo W. Gerard president of the United Steelworkers union. President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.  Follow him on Twitter: @USWBlogger

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